Wicked Autumn

Wicked Autumn

Book - 2011
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"Hugely funny, exquisitely well written, a tongue-in-cheek village mystery to be savored. G.M. Malliet's arch tone and wry humor make her a writer to be treasured."
-- Julia Spencer-Fleming, bestselling author of ONE WAS A SOLDIER

Having spent almost three years in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip, Max Tudor is well acclimated to his post as vicar at the church of St. Edwold's. This quaint town seems to be the perfect new home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past serving in the British counter-intelligence agency, the MI5. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and New Agers. But this serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular presidentof the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

Max has ministered to the community long enough to be familiar with alliances and animosities among the residents, but this tragedy confounds him. It is impossible to believe anyone in his lovely hamlet capable of the crime, and yet given the victim, he must acknowledge that almost everyone in town had probably fantasized about the poor woman's death. As Max becomes more intricately involved, the investigation stirs up memories he'd rather not revisit; the demons from his past which led him to Nether Monkslip and the reason why he is so heavily invested in keeping it from harm.

Agatha-award winning author G.M. Malliet first won over the mystery community with her St. Just trilogy, prompting critics to compare her to Golden Age greats like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers. This new series, beginning with Wicked Autumn, confirms such praise, serving up the perfect English village deliciously skewered in a brilliantly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery.
One of The Boston Globe 's Best Mysteries of 2011
One of Library Journal 's Best Mystery Books of 2011

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250004109
1250004101
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Malliet G.M. 09/2011
Characteristics: xv, 297 p. ;,22 cm.

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LorieH Jun 13, 2017

First in a cozy mystery series.


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maipenrai
Nov 13, 2016

The first book in the Max Tudor series

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coroboreefarm
Nov 12, 2015

If you enjoy vintage British village mysteries and are intrigued by The Grandchester tales, this series of mysteries, featuring the Reverend Max Tudor , handsome ex spy, and current vicar at St. Edwold's Church in Nether Monkslip will charm and entertain you. The tales of murder and mayhem are organized around the seasons of the year, and the stories feature an entertaining and recurring cast of village dwellers. These books are perfect for lovers of the "cozy" mystery.

Current titles in the series include; A Fatal Winter, Pagan Spring, A Demon Summer, Wicked Autumn and The Haunted Season.

BugLady1 Oct 05, 2013

Good mystery. Kept me guessing until the end. Delightful characters. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

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meyoubou
Mar 21, 2013

This promises to be a good series. I look forward to more from Malliet.

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emerge
Nov 19, 2012

This is the first time I've read this author & I doubt I'll pick up another. Max is an interesting character but the story is just a little too sleepy & slow paced for my taste.

JeremiahSutherland Aug 14, 2012

This book is a little wordy in places. The characterizations are very well done. The author brings a tongue-in-cheek humour to her prose that lightens the mood.

bdemian Feb 25, 2012

A charming setting, interesting characters, and an intriguing idea: a slyly witty homage to Christie; but somewhat weakened by sloppy writing and editing.

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Myrna90210
Nov 06, 2011

Entertaining and I didn't see "who done it" until it was inked out for me. I love that!

Village, self-titled, queen (Wanda) is murdered during THE annual event, the Harvest Fayre. The new vicar, Max, who in his previous life was a MI5 agent, is brought in to help the police solve the crime.

Not quite as silly as it sounds, but did the vicar really have to be MI5? I guess that makes for interesting back story and can explain his skills.

A quaint setting. Are all these small tiny hamlets in rural England so successful and full of happy people? Makes me want to visit friends there.

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